2016 Movies from Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

2016 Disney Movie Schedule

2016 Movies from Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Every January I always look forward to the movie release schedule for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is going to be an amazing year at the movies! Find below synopses and information on the 2016 release schedule from Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It’s so hard to pick one favorite because there’s so many great movies coming to theaters this year!

The Finest HoursTHE FINEST HOURS – January 29, 2016


Disney presents the heroic action-thriller, The Finest Hours, based on the incredible true story of the greatest small boat rescue in Coast Guard history.

The Finest Hours is directed by Craig Gillespie (Million Dollar Arm) and stars Chris Pine (Star Trek, Into the Woods); Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nominee Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Holliday Grainger, John Ortiz and Eric Bana.

Learn more about The Finest Hours.

ZootopiaZOOTOPIA – March 4, 2016


Coming to theaters everywhere March 4th, 2016 is like nothing you’ve seen be-fur…Zootopia. This animated comedy-adventure from Walt Disney Animation Studios directed by Byron Howard (Tangled, Bolt) and Rich More (Wreck-It Ralph, The Simpsons) and co-directed by Jared Bush (Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero) brings us to the modern mammal metropolis Zootopia, a city like no other. Zootopia consists of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown.

Learn more Zootopia.

The Jungle BookTHE JUNGLE BOOK – April 15, 2016


Directed by Jon FavreauThe Jungle Book is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (Neel Sethi), a man-cub raised in the jungle by a family of wolves, who embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery when he’s forced to abandon the only home he’s ever known. Plus, the imagery looks absolutely breathtaking!

Learn more about The Jungle Book.

Captain America Civil WarMarvel’s CAPTAIN AMERICA CIVIL WAR – May 6, 2016


Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo (Marvel’sCaptain America: The Winter Soldier, Community) from a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (Captain America: The Winter Solider, Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger). Of course, the film returns with Chris Evans (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron) as the iconic Super Hero character Steve Rogers/Captain America along with Robert Downey Jr. (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel’s Iron Man 3) as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: The Winter Soldier) as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow,Sebastian Stan (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: The First Avenger) as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: The Winter Soldier) as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Paul Bettany (Avengers: Age of UltronIron Man 3) as The Vision, Jeremy Renner (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel’s The Avengers) as Clint Barton/Hawkeye, Don Cheadle (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Iron Man 3) as Jim Rhodes/War Machine and Elizabeth Olsen (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Godzilla) as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch.

Paul Rudd (Ant-Man, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues) will make his first appearance alongside the Avengers as Scott Lang/Ant-Man in Captain America: Civil War.

Learn more about Marvel’s Captain America Civil War.

Alice Through the Looking GlassALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS – May 27, 2016


Alice will be returning to the whimsical world of Underland and traveling back in time to save the Mad Hatter in Disney’s new Alice Through the Looking Glass! The all-new spectacular adventure will feature the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories.

The all-star cast is reuinted from the worldwide blockbuster phenomenon, including: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska and Helena Bonham Carter along with the voices of Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen and Timothy Spall. Plus, we’ll be introduced to several new characters: Zanik Hightopp (Rhys Ifans), the Mad Hatter’s father and Time himself (Sacha Baron Cohen), a peculiar creature who is part human, part clock.

Learn more about Alice Through the Looking Glass.

Finding DoryFINDING DORY – June 17, 2016


The beloved blue Tang fish, Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres), is back in an all-new big-screen adventure next summer. In Finding Dory, the forgetful blue fish will be reunited with loved ones and learn a few things about the meaning of family along the way. Director and Pixar veteran Andrew Stanton says this film takes place about a year after the first film. It features returning favorites Marlin, Nemo and the Tank Gang, among others. We’ll also see a host of new characters as they swim along the California coastline.

Learn more about Finding Dory.

The BFGTHE BFG – July 1, 2016


Steven Spielberg has unveiled the first teaser for Disney’s The BFG (Big Friendly Giant)! Three of the world’s greatest storytellers – Roald Dahl, Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg – finally unite to bring Dahl’s beloved classic The BFG to life. Wow, what an amazing cast of storytellers!

Directed by Spielberg, Disney’s The BFG tells the imaginative story of a young girl (Ruby Barnhill) and the Giant (Mark Rylance) who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country.

Learn more about THE BFG.

Pete's DragonPETE’S DRAGON – August 12, 2016


A reimagining of Disney’s cherished family film, Pete’s Dragon is the adventure of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliott, who just so happens to be a dragon.

Pete’s Dragon stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Oakes Fegley, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban, Oona Laurence and Oscar winner Robert Redford. The film, which is directed by David Lowery, is written by Lowery & Toby Halbrooks based on a story by Selon I. Miller and S.S. Field and produced by Jim Whitaker, p.g.a., with Barrie M. Osborne serving as executive producer.

Queen of Katwe

QUEEN OF KATWE – Fall 2016


Queen of Katwe is the colorful true story of a young girl selling corn on the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion.

Directed by Mira Nair from a screenplay by William Wheeler based on the book by Tim Crothers, Queen of Katwe is produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher, p.g.a. and John Carls and stars Golden Globe nominee David Oyelowo, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o and newcomer Madina Nalwanga.

Marvel's Doctor StrangeMarvel’s DOCTOR STRANGE – November 4, 2016


Marvel’s Doctor Strange follows the story of neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a horific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions.

The cast includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams and Michael Stuhlbarg with Mads Mikkelson and Tilda Swinton. Marvel’s Doctor Strange is directed by Scott Derrickson and produced by Kevin Feige with Lous D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Charles Newirth, Stephen Broussard and Stan Lee serving as executive producer.

Disney's MoanaMOANA – November 23, 2016


From the incredible filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (“The Little Mermaid,” “The Princess and the Frog,” “Aladdin”), the CG-animated comedy-adventure is about a spirited teenager on an impossible mission to fulfill her ancestor’s quest.

In the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania, Moana, a born navigator, sets sail in search of a fabled island. During her incredible journey, she teams up with her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui, to traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and ancient folklore.

Learn more about Moana.

Star Wars Rogue One

ROGUE ONE – A Star Wars Story – December 16, 2016


Lucasfilm’s Rogue One, which takes place before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, tells the story of resistance fighters who have united to steal plans to the dreaded Death Star.

The cast includes Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk and Riz Ahmed. Rogue One is directed by Gareth Edwards and produced by Kathleen Kennedy. Allison Shearmur, John Knoll, Simon Emanuel and Jason McGarlin are executive producers.

The Light Between OceansTHE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS – TBD 2016


The Light Between Oceans is a heart-breaking drama about fate, love, moral dilemmas and the lengths to which one couple will go to see their dreams realized.

Starring Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Rachel Weisz, Golden Globe nominee Bryan Brown and Jack Thompson, the film is written for the screen and directed by Derek Cianfrance based on the acclaimed novel by M.L. Stedman.

Which movies are you looking forward to the most in 2016? Comment below and share with us!

2016 Movies from Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

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  • Sue E.

    THANKS!! Not only did you leave a movie review, you left the dates or the upcoming dates of these Disney releases!! I feel like I have my own movie reviewer!! I will share this info with my kids so they can prepare to see them with their kids OR I’ll take the grandkids. I still LOVE Disney movies. There are a couple that have caught my eye!!

  • Heather Garcia

    I have not been so excited about a movie release since Toy Story!!! I can not wait for Finding Dory.

  • Rachel Dean

    This is an incredible list! I can’t wait to see some of these~

  • slehan

    They tease us with these so far in advance that I forget about them.
    slehan at juno dot com

  • Jennifer Boehme

    I want to see this whole list. This is the first review that told me what BFG means, thank you.

  • Jerry Marquardt

    The list looks very good for the coming year. Thanks for the nice listings.

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